Before the talk, do some research on Scott Dikkers. What is one surprising fact you learned about him? Does this help you provide context for his talk?
Researching Scott Dikkers, I learned that he is a successful voice actor, director and screenwriter. This was surprising because he did not mention this part of his career during his talk today. However, after hearing him speak, I cannot say that I am surprised that he has had these jobs because of his humor and communication skills. He even impersonated someone during his talk today. Knowing more about his career provides a background for what he talked about today regarding his role in The Onion.
Pay attention to the scene as Scott talks during his lecture. What do you notice? Take a photo and include it in your post as well.
At the lecture, there were many people there. I think the entire room was filled. He stood on a small stage in the front that was surrounded by flowers. There were Marquette Diederich College of Communication signs on the stage signifying that they hosted Scott at this event. There were also 2 microphones in the aisles to provide the audience an opportunity to ask Scott questions.
Write down something Scott says and fact check it. Is he right? Wrong? Somewhere in between?
Scott said that the methane released from industrial farming contributes to global warming more than all of the fossil fuels do combined.
I could not find an article that confirmed this entirely, but I did find an article that confirmed how significant and damaging methane emissions from industrial farming are to our environment. The article also said that “factory farms are 70 times more damaging per ton to the earth’s atmosphere than CO2.” Source: http://www.ecowatch.com/how-factory-farming-contributes-to-global-warming-1881690535.html
Summarize in a paragraph the point of the talk.
For the first half of the lecture, Scott talked about how The Onion came to be. He talked about the unique writers that were hired and how their obscurities created great writing and how long it took for The Onion to become something big. When it came to addressing fake news, Scott put it blatantly that, unfortunately, we are human beings that love fake news. We want to read the exciting, dramatized news stories, even if they are fake. Of course we don’t admit this, but that is because we do not realize that we are under lies in the media. Scott also talked about how reporters will often classify fake news as satire to get by with lying, but it is absolutely not satire because satire is created on the basis of truth.
Now write a headline that summarizes the talk.
Fake News: We say We Hate It, But We Love It
At the end of his talk, find someone at the event that you don’t already know and ask them what stood out to them the most. Include their full name and major or profession.
My friend Margaret said that it was really interesting to hear about the writers that Scott hired to write for The Onion because they were not typical writers or professionals that one would hire. She mentioned how we learn about the importance of professionalism, and these people that he hired were the opposite. However, a lot of them turned out to be really successful. Margaret thinks it was interesting to see something go so against the norm of the world of professions.
Margaret Heck; Public Relations Major
What did this teach you about media writing?
Scott’s lecture showed me how our world is in desperate need of truth in media writing. It was really frustrating to hear about how decieved we are and how the major media sources are behind it. It encouraged me to learn skills about how to avoid the fake news myself and how to prevent myself from sharing fake news. Finally, Scott’s lecture taught me the importance of good media writing because of the impact that it has on its audiences.
What was most useful to you about this experience?
As I mentioned above, I think learning about how we are surrounded by fake news was a useful tip that I gained from this experience. I also did not fully understand what The Onion and satirical news were before the lecture, so it was helpful to learn about those things.
Anything else to add?
Scott was really interesting to listen to! He seems very smart and insightful, and he really knows how to engage an audience.
If you are reading this Scott…Thank you!